Jessica Boehland serves as a senior program officer for Environment at The Kresge Foundation, where her grantmaking activity supports policies and programs to reduce energy usage in the built environment. Her responsibilities include developing and refining grantmaking strategies, inviting and reviewing funding proposals, and monitoring the outcomes of Kresge-supported efforts. Jessica’s portfolio includes grants to nonprofit organizations working to reduce energy use by improving building energy codes and appliance standards; strengthening utility energy efficiency programs; and encouraging the environmentally responsible design, construction, and operation of buildings.
“In all my work, I have been motivated by my concern about climate change and the moral responsibility we have to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions,” Jessica says. “I see philanthropy as a powerful pathway for achieving that goal.”
Jessica began her career in philanthropy when she joined the foundation in 2008. Previously, she worked as a writer and editor for BuildingGreen, an independent publishing company in Vermont, from 2001 to 2008.
A LEED-accredited professional, Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a master’s degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including Environmental Building News, GreenSource, Landscape Architecture, Journal of Industrial Ecology, and Race, Poverty, and the Environment.
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